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Bottle and the Throttle, The


Published 1961


Reveals the dangers of drinking and then driving. Shatters the myth which says you have to be drunk before your driving ability is materially impaired. Incorporates statistics compiled by the National Safety Council and American Medical Association.


Run time 0:10:21
Producer Sid Davis Productions
Audio/Visual sound, B&W

Reviews

Reviewer: uniQ - - April 17, 2011
Subject: "they couldn't convict you"
I believe that 0.08 BAC is legally under the influence now.

Anyway, since Sid didn't could only really give one piece of advice (Don't drink and drive) he spent the time giving various examples and statistics. While boring now, I'm sure at the time it was highly necessary to forcefully get across that you're unsafe, not drunk.
Reviewer: jazzfan - - December 24, 2010
Subject: This Should Be Required Viewing For The Police.
A local sheriff's deputy killed himself last night when his his SUV hit a pole, flipped, and burst into flames. The coroner said that the cop was twice the legal limit. I don't like to be on the road at Christmas time and after this accident one can't even trust the cops.
Reviewer: MediaWhore - - September 8, 2005
Subject: Drinkin N Drivin with President Bush
This film like most on here is still relevant today even though it might appear long outdated with style and dress. In this film a teenager who has been drinking hits a mother and daughter (killing the daughter and crippling the mom). He is given a roadside sobriety test by blowing into a ballon. I assume that back in these days they took the ballon back into a lab to process the results (unlike todays instantaneous breathalizer devices). Also way back when you bad to measure .15% Blood Alcohol Content to be convicted of a DUI (more than twice the legal limit of most states today). On a somewhat unrelated note: That is one of the things that surprises me about our current President Bush's DUI conviction back in the early 1970's, he had to really be smashed to be convicted back in those days.
Reviewer: dan b - - January 3, 2004
Subject: How To Ruin Lives
This sobering film is interesting to watch. The early 60's scenery is neat, especially the teen beer party. There is the usual scientific demonstration of why we get loaded when we drink too much, and also what appears to be footage of a real car accident. The narrator has no sympathy for Bill, the driver of the car that has ran over a mother and daughter. The message is as valid today as it was back then, that alcohol and gasoline don't mix. The movie does, however, imply that it's okay to have one an hour. Neat to watch.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - October 13, 2003
Subject: maybe they'll live and maybe they'll die.
Pretty classic Sid Davis scare film has it all, foolish teenagers, a tern narrator, and of course, racks and racks of guilt. We somewhat follow Bill. who had a couple of beers and then goes driving with his girl, he hits a mother and a girl. Inbetween the story, we are shown what happens to alcohol once it enters the human body and some nice actual crash scenes. But man oh man, poor Bill, not only does he have to do the 'blow this balloon up' test which I've never seen, or having to deal with the death of the young girl 'for the rest of your life', but you have the most guilt-rodden, angst building, condenscending narrator just about to spit on you. Highly Reccomended!
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - May 25, 2003
Subject: The Bottle and the Throttle
Bill has a few too many "beach party beers" before driving, and ends up running over a woman and her little girl, killing the girl and paralyzing the woman for life. His punishment: he is relentlessly harangued by Sid Davis' narrator for the rest of the film. Fortunately, he doesn't have to watch any gory footage, but then, he's only 18.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on The Educational Archives, Vol. 3: Driver's Ed.
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